Marcus & Katie Crowder | July 6, 2013 | Photography by Noah Magnifico Photography
Marcus and Katie met their freshmen year at James Madison University while in the same Science in Education class. During their junior year, they realized they wanted more than just friendship and began dating. Five and a half years later, Marcus planned his perfect proposal during one of their hikes up Humpback Rocks. Marcus's older brother set up a blanket, flowers, and champagne at the top of the mountain; when they reached the top, Marcus got down on one knee and proposed. That evening, they visited his parents' house to find their friends and families together to celebrate with them. Katie says their bridal party made the wedding unique since most of the bridal party consisted of their siblings and family; because of their connections, everyone knew one another and set the stage for a fun, comfortable day. She also says one of their favorite memories was when her nephew Jack, who had previously been upset and unsure about walking down the aisle, made it down to deliver the pillow and ran back down the aisle shouting "I did it! I did it!" A green, gray, and blue color palette rounded out the simple, country feel; centerpieces of large and small Mason jars were wrapped in raffia and filled with green and blue hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland, and snapdragons. Tall green seaglass vases were also filled with baby's breath. Because the couple are both teachers, small chalkboards with table numbers served to help guests to their seats. In lieu of wedding favors, the couple made a donation to the Dzindi Primary in Venda, South Africa (an elementary school they both taught at while studying abroad). They both wanted to donate to a place in great need and set up a table with photo albums and pictures of their experience so guests could understand and enjoy the meaning behind it. The couple spent their 7 day/night honeymoon in Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica.
Be sure to see the Crowder wedding on page 60 of the second issue of bridebook, on newsstands now!
Photography: Noah Magnifico Photography
Dress: Reflections Bridal
Florist: Vickie Chambers/Kroger
Cake: Sarah G. Designs
Ceremony: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Venue: Roanoke Country Club
Caterer: Roanoke Country Club
Jewelry: Keller & George
DJ: RSP Entertainment
Attendants' Dresses: J. Crew
Groomsmen's Attire: Vera Wang from Men's Wearhouse